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Image:Karl Baedeker.jpg|thumb|150px|Karl Baedeker File:Grabmal Baedeker und Albrecht Hauptfriedhof Koblenz.jpg|thumb|Tomb of Karl Baedeker (left) at the cemetery in Koblenz Karl Ludwig Johannes Baedeker, known universally as '''Karl Baedeker''' (3 November 1801 - 4 October 1859), was a Germans|German publisher whose company, Baedeker, set the standard for authoritative Baedeker Guides|guidebooks for tourists. Karl Baedeker was descended from a long line of printers, booksellers and publishers. He was the eldest of ten children of Gottschalk Diederich Bädeker (1778–1841), who had inherited the publishing house founded by his own father, Zacharias Gerhard Bädeker (1750–1800). The company also published the local newspaper, the ''Essendische Zeitung'', and the family expected that Karl, too, would eventually join the firm. Karl changed the spelling of the family name from Bädeker with the Umlaut (diacritic)|umlaut to...
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